Reserve riders ‘won’t hold Monarchs to ransom’

John Campbell, left, feels a new rule is allowing riders to demand for whatever they want. Pic: Ron MacNeill
John Campbell, left, feels a new rule is allowing riders to demand for whatever they want. Pic: Ron MacNeill
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Edinburgh Monarchs co-promoter John Campbell today claimed the new ruling which compels all Premier League speedway clubs to track a British three point rider (eligible for the National League) at reserve next season has opened the floodgates for some of the youngsters to ask for “silly money” which they are not worth.

Monarchs are still looking to appoint a suitable candidate for their No.7 berth, but Campbell revealed he had to walk away from one deal, after the favoured rider upped his financial demands.

Campbell said: “A few weeks ago I was in talks with someone and thought I had agreed with him to ride for Edinburgh. I said, ‘that’s great’, but he replied, ‘I’ll need another x thousands of pounds’. I thanked him but told him he would not be joining us and I hung up

“I lost interest in the individual straight away.”

And Campbell stressed: “No one is going to hold me to ransom and nobody is going to quote big figures to me. We as a club, are not playing that game.

“The whole point of the new rule is to give these guys a chance in the Premier League. They have got to take the risk also, and be prepared to do their best. One or two of them will make it. The rest will not.”

Campbell, who did not vote in favour of the rule which was pushed through at the Promoters’ AGM last month, revealed Monarchs are currently in talks with two potential signings.

He said: “We are looking for someone who has the right attitude and the right backing plus a little bit of ability that we can help nurture.”